Emergency teams cut victim out of car during live demo of crash in Higham Ferrers

Last night's live demonstration
Last night's live demonstration

Firefighters and police teamed up to give a live demonstration of what happens in a crash to raise awareness about road safety.

Crowds turned out as the Market Square in Higham Ferrers was closed off last night (Thursday) for the demonstration by Rushden firefighters and police officers, who are all now based at Rushden fire station.

This car has been left outside Rushden fire station as a 'taster' ahead of tonight's live demonstration

This car has been left outside Rushden fire station as a 'taster' ahead of tonight's live demonstration

The emergency teams were showing what happens when they are called to a crash and how they help those involved, including cutting up and dismantling a vehicle.

Speaking before the event, watch manager at Rushden fire station Dan Retter said: “There will be a real car there and the police are going to turn up, breathalyse the driver and arrest him.

“There will also be a trapped person in the car so the fire brigade are going to turn up and help them.”

People watching the demonstration were talked through the crash scenario as it unfolded on a loud speaker.

Mr Retter was really pleased with how the evening went, and said: “Last night’s event was a huge success.

“The public turn-out was amazing and all the crews involved worked hard to put on a good show.”

The aim of the event was to raise awareness about numerous road safety issues, including drink driving, driving while texting or using a mobile phone and speeding.

It was organised as part of several initiatives with the fire service and police working closer together following their move to Rushden fire station in Washbrook Road.

They recently teamed up with supermarkets and garages in the area to offer free car winter driving checks as well as giving out road safety information.

More events are in the pipeline, and it is hoped they will not only promote road safety but also provide the opportunity for the fire service and police to meet members of the public and talk about the work they do in the community.

The event also saw members of Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets giving out leaflets about road safety.